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  •  Thank you Mr. Lewis (2+ / 0-)
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    for bringing this to wider attention

    and a Bronx cheer to all those who call this "Chicken Little" stuff or think that because a less effective form of this strategy did not work  for the GOP in 2012, this newer form of disenfranchisement won't work in 2014 or 2016.

    Yes, it's true that, angered by this attempt at disenfranchisement, many Democratic voters were only more determined to vote.  But don't forget that we were aided in many cases by judicial rulings that nullified many of the worst aspects of these voter suppression attempts.

    It's not clear that any of this new crap is illegal and I don't see what there is to stop it legally.  Republicans are gleefully grabbing any plum within reach, and damned the consequences.  You have to put this together with Scott Walker's actions in Wisconsin, with Right-to-Work in Michigan and every other prize available to them and their perhaps temporary gerrymander-enabled majorities.  They seem to be treating every instance where they have power as a mandate.

    Compare and contrast that, if you will to the dismal performance of Harry Reid and the Senate Dems on Filibuster Reform.  The Republicans are acting as if nothing can stop them.  Democrats are acting as if their majorities are flukes.  

    It seems to me that many of these efforts are going to go through.  Yes, we need to raise our voices against it but that might not be enough.  We need to be focused on the nuts and bolts of reversing this if it happens.  And I'm not seeing that, even from Lawrence Lewis, who I just praised for bringing this up.

    In how many of these states would these actions be reversible by referendum?  
    We need to know that and organize for it.  Compare and contrast Wisconsin and Ohio.

    What are the odds that these actions might be overruled by courts?  
    We need to know that.  

    How can we mobilize before these things get sprung on us?
    We need to know that.

    sTiVo's rule: Just because YOU "wouldn't put it past 'em" doesn't prove that THEY did it.

    by stivo on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:34:31 PM PST

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